Cleland (J.D. ’92) Urges New Coif Members to Maintain Their Moral Compasses
“There are many people who have went before you who held those standards of excellence that you have maintained through your hard work and dedication,” Anthony Craig Cleland (J.D. ’92) told his 17 fellow new members of Georgia State Law’s Order of the Coif. “Do not give them up—keep the standard high.”
Georgia State Law’s chapter inducted 17 alumni from the Class of 2017 in a Nov. 14 ceremony. The organization recognizes law graduates ranked in the top 10 percent of their classes and honors lawyers, judges and teachers who attain a high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.
The new members were sworn in by Mary F. Radford, professor of law, and chapter president. Cleland (J.D. ’92), adjunct professor of law, was inducted as an honorary member.
Cleland stressed the importance of taking care of oneself in a sometimes-stressful field of work.
“The practice of law is not an easy road,” he said. “Do not forget who you are, and do not neglect to take care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually and otherwise.”
While in the day-to-day you may not see your work as profound, Cleland said, over time you’ll see the impact of your contribution to the institution of the law as it plays out and gives to our society.
Lastly, he said, never lose your moral compass. “The law is not necessarily moral. How it plays out is not necessarily moral. It is a fabulous tool for reaching justice and righteousness over the arc of time. We are better with it even when it’s broken, even when it’s flawed, even when it is insufficient.”
The Class of 2017 Inductees
|Patrick Justus Anderson
Amy S. BeMent
Chandra F. Burns
Randall Wayne Hunt
Phillip Charles Herman Kuck
Kimberly Ames Miller
Chae Yeon Mims
Kristin K. Ramsay
Rachael P. Reed
Kirstin E. Rodrigues
Benjamin R. Rosichan
Melissa G. Sprinkle
Michael Freemon Williford